The Man They Couldn’t Hang

The Man They Couldn't Hang

In 1975 the BBC produced The Man They Couldn’t Hang for television, a version of Fairport Convention’s album “Babbacombe” Lee. It was recorded on 24 September, 1974 and broadcast on 1 February, 1975, and featured narration by Melvin Bragg and broadsides by Martin Carthy. Most of the songs from the record are performed by an unusual Fairport line-up (Donahue / Nicol / Mattacks / Pegg / Swarbrick), including one sung by Sandy Denny (three verses) and Simon Nicol (last verse).

In 1992, the BBC released The Man They Couldn’t Hang on video.

Artists:Fairport Convention
Released:1992 (UK)
Recorded at:BBC, London
Length:3:35
Label:BBC Video

  1. Breakfast in Mayfair (Simon Nicol) – 3:35

Dave Mattacks: drums
Dave Swarbrick: violin
Jerry Donahue: electric guitar
Pat Donaldson: bass
Sandy Denny: vocals
Simon Nicol: acoustic guitar